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Neurocysticercosis: knowledge, attitudes and practice of epileptic patients in northern Namibia

dc.contributor.advisorBlitz, Juliaen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorOGUNSINA, J. T.en_ZA
dc.contributor.otherStellenbosch University. Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dept. of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences. Family Medicine and Primary Care.en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-17T08:54:19Z
dc.date.available2017-03-17T08:54:19Z
dc.date.issued2016-03
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/100695
dc.descriptionThesis (MFamMed)--Stellenbosch University, 2016.
dc.description.abstractENGLISH SUMMARY : Background: The incidence of epilepsy continues to rise worldwide, particularly in developing countries, and studies have shown that most cases of epilepsy are associated with neurocysticercosis. Proper knowledge and the adoption of a hygienic life style could help in preventing the spread of taeniasis infection in developing countries. However, the knowledge, attitudes and practices of epileptic patients regarding neurocysticercosis have been inadequate. Aim: This study sought to establish the knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding neurocysticercosis in epileptic patients in northern Namibia. Methods: A cross-sectional study was done using a questionnaire to interview 120 epileptic patients seen in the medical outpatient department of Oshakati Hospital in Namibia. Demographic characteristics of the participants were obtained, and their knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding neurocysticercosis were assessed. Results: Out of the 120 participants in the study, 60% were female and the majority (81.7%) were pork eaters. A high percentage (61.8%) of the participants practised free-range pig husbandry, and the majority (72.8%) and their pigs (83.9%) were not treated for worm infestation. Conclusion: There were considerable gaps in the knowledge and healthy practices of epileptic patients regarding neurocysticercosis in northern Namibia. The participants still have behaviours that may favour the continued spread of neurocysticercosis in the community. Therefore, there is need for educational intervention or campaign to reduce the incidence of the infection in the community.en_ZA
dc.description.abstractAFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING : Geen opsomming beskikbaar.af_ZA
dc.format.extent22 pages ; includes annexures
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherStellenbosch : Stellenbosch Universityen_ZA
dc.rightsStellenbosch Universityen_ZA
dc.subjectNeurocysticercosisen_ZA
dc.subjectNamibiaen_ZA
dc.subjectUCTD
dc.subjectEpilepticsen_ZA
dc.titleNeurocysticercosis: knowledge, attitudes and practice of epileptic patients in northern Namibiaen_ZA
dc.typeThesisen_ZA


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